In the standings as of Saturday, Tulsa was 2-0-0 after beating Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, 1-0.
But on Monday, the team was informed that it had used an ineligible player, Paris
Gee, while beating Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, 4-1, in its season opener March 25 and would have to forfeit the match. Thus the game is officially recorded as a 3-0 victory for Colorado
Gee, 22, is a native of British Columbia who signed with the Roughnecks in March after playing two seasons for a Croatian club. The USL league office informed the Roughnecks that
Gee, who entered the match as a 74th-minute substitute, had not been cleared to participate in the season opener.
Tulsa head coach David Vaudreuil said Gee was one of several
players on the roster who were in the process of getting cleared or had been cleared leading up to the match.
WINS IN PREKI HOME DEBUT. Despite squandering a two-goal lead, Saint Louis FC scored in the final minutes to beat Ottawa Fury, 3-2, in front of a sellout crowd (5,566) at Toyota Stadium.
Ottawa’s Sergio Manesio knocked the ball into his own net to decide the match and give head coach Preki a victory in his first home game with SLFC, which roared out to a
2-0 lead after nine minutes. Christian Volesky opened the scoring and then assisted on a goal by Mats Bjurman, but Eddie Edward got a goal back in the 11th minute and Onua
Obasi shot through a crowd of players to equalize with seven minutes left.
Saint Louis prevailed when a shot by Max Alvarez wound up in the net off Manesio. Volesky, who played
his college soccer at nearby SIU-Edwardsville, played a role in that goal, too, driving forward on the dribble before playing the ball wide to Alvarez.
RHINOS ROLL IN START TO ROAD
RUN. Opening a season with three road games presents a challenge to any team, but Rochester got down to business and beat Bethlehem Steel, 3-2, thanks to a goal by Jochen Graf in his
The Rhinos need to be rescued by Graf after squandering a 2-0 lead. Darius Madison scored an early goal and Wal Fall added a second from the
penalty spot, but Bethlehem battled back by converting a pair of their own penalty kicks. Former U.S. forward Charlie Davies – who played for Westchester Flames of the PDL in 2006 and was
making his USL debut -- connected on the first PK and Seku Conneh followed suit to tie the game.
Graf made his entry as a sub pay off by heading in a Jalen Brown looping
cross that two Bethlehem players failed to clear.
OCHOA ON THE MARK AGAIN. Sacramento Republic FC pummeled Orange County
SC, 4-0, in front of a rowdy, sellout crowd of 11,569 fans at Papa Murphy’s Park (formerly Bonney Field). Sammy Ochoa, who had netted in the season opener, scored twice to take the early
lead in the USL scoring race with three goals.
Wilson Kneeshaw earned an assist on Ochoa’s second goal with a strong shot that was saved, and Kneeshaw scored the third
goal with a sharp half-volley of Tyler Blackwood’s cross. Harry Williams rounded out the rout by scoring in stoppage time.